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ICM0043 : Intercalating Module for Computing Science Programmes

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr John Colquhoun
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 60
Semester 2 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 60.0
European Credit Transfer System


The industrial placement aims to:
- provide students with the experience of seeking and securing a position with an employer,
- provide a period of practical experience which will benefit your academic study and longer term career,
- provide the opportunity to recognise and record the development of work place skills,
- facilitate personal development in a non-university setting.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students apply for a placement during stage 2 of the degree programme, and if successful they will normally begin work by September of the academic year, finishing the following summer. During this time there is no taught content from the university. The employer may provide induction and training activities as appropriate.
During the placement year there will be at least one visit from a member of academic staff, and three assessed exercises to undertake. These exercises take the form of a short 'company structure' report, a log book maintained throughout the year and a final report.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Placement/Study AbroadEmployer-based learning22:004:00Placement visit by a member of Academic Staff (to take place virtually or in person)
Placement/Study AbroadEmployer-based learning11146:001146:00N/A
Placement/Study AbroadEmployer-based learning101:0010:00Company structure report
Placement/Study AbroadEmployer-based learning401:0040:00Reflective report & log book
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

As students are away from the University, Guided Independent study is used for all learning activities. The module leader is available for consultation about assessments and all aspects of the placement.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M20Report giving an overview of the organisational structure. 30 hours. This is a Pass/Fail assessment.
Essay2M40Reflective self analysis of the experience. 10 hours. This is a Pass/Fail assessment
Reflective log2M40Logbook of activities. 10 hours. This is a Pass/Fail assessment.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Organisational structure reports provides evidence of understanding of work undertaken in chosen sector and student's role within company; log book provides evidence of progress and self-evaluation; final report is a final consolidation of learning outcomes.
Feedback is provided for each assessment which is of more importance to the student than a mark therefore each piece of work is given Pass/Fail rather than a score.

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